Join us virtually for the premier Sea Services conference of the year: WEST 2021. The engaging content you’ve enjoyed in person will all be showcased virtually on June 29 and 30. The conference will offer an exceptional lineup of expert speakers, showcase innovative technologies, provide professional development opportunities, and offer robust engagement and networking among the military, government, industry, and academia.
The conference is built around the theme of the Promise and Progress of Naval Integration. Invited to participate are all three Sea Service Chiefs; the new Commander of the Pacific Fleet; the Systems Commanders; and more. The full agenda can be found at www.westconference.org.
Registration is free for active-duty military and government employees, and U.S. Naval Institute members receive a discount.
Jack C. Taylor Conference Center Update
The Jack C. Taylor Conference Center construction is rapidly nearing completion, and the dedication and grand opening is planned for 30 September. There is still time to get involved in the project, including buying a brick or a chair to honor a loved one, shipmate, or fellow Marine. For more information, see the Foundation pages (pp. 94–95) for more details!
Award-winning Naval Institute Press Books
A Quiet Cadence has received the 2021 William E. Colby Military Writers Award for first solo work of fiction or nonfiction to make a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations, or international affairs. Previous winners of the Colby award, named for the late CIA director, include Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn and Adam Higginbotham’s Midnight in Chernobyl. The Naval Institute Press will publish the paperback edition of A Quiet Cadence starting this month. To order your copy, go to www.usni.org/press/books/quiet-cadence-0.
At the Naval Institute’s annual meeting, the Press recognized Skip Finley as its 2020 Author of the Year for Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy, a gripping book about the African Americans who were not just employed in the whaling industry but who commanded many of its ships. Praised by Henry Louis Gates and Nathaniel Philbrick, Whaling Captains of Color explores a little-known aspect of American history and industry. Get your copy at www.usni.org/press/books/whaling-captains-color.
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At its heart, the Naval Institute is a member-based organization. You, our members, are the foundation for everything we do to enhance the knowledge of seapower and provide an open forum to discuss global maritime security. Our conferences and events, digital archives, USNI News coverage, Press books, Proceedings, Naval History, and the Naval Institute Blog could not exist without the firm commitment of our members. If you value our mission and all our content channels, please keep your membership current and encourage your friends, family, shipmates, and fellow Marines to join. If you’re looking for a perfect gift to jumpstart the career of a new ensign, second lieutenant, seaman or corporal, go to www.usni.org/join for more information on our different member categories and pricing.